Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava to the Charles Bridge, Petrín Hill and Little Quarter, with the Sun in the South-West

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30811
Turner Bequest CCCIV 96

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Prague, looking up the Vltava River towards Charles Bridge at centre and the Little Quarter at right. A few riverboats ply the waters in the foreground. The Church of St Nicholas’ Church is seen at far right, with the Church of Our Lady Victorious a little further towards Charles Bridge. Petrín Hill, fortified by the Hunger Wall, can be seen in the background.
Turner produced several views of Prague on the 1835 tour. For other drawings in this sketchbook Tate D30759–30761, D30764–D30765, D30767, D30771–D30773, D30775–D30777, D30779–D30783, D30788–D30790, D30792–D30803, D30805, D30807–D30811, D30813–D30820; Turner Bequest CCCIV 68–69, 70a–71, 72, 74–75, 76–77, 78–80, 82a–84, 85–91, 92, 93–96, 97–102. See also the Dresden, Tepliz and Prague sketchbook (Tate D30344–D30361, D30364–D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 25–33a, 36–37).

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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